Last Updated: September 2nd, 2013
The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!)
Author: Joel Spolsky
Synopsis: This is a great article describing the minimum that you should understand about character sets and the variety of different encodings available.
What Killed the Linux Desktop
Author: Miguel de Icaza
Synopsis: In this article Miguel describes a number of shortcomings of Linux as a general purpose desktop operating system for the public at large. He draws the line between what users want and what developers want to work on.